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Career Story: Bookkeeper At A Plumbing Supply House

Bookkeeper At A Plumbing Supply House

Job Title: Bookkeeper (Retired)

Type of Company: Plumbing Supplier selling plumbing, heating and electrical supplies

Education: Central Connecticut State University

Previous Experience: I worked as an office manager and a bookkeeper at a plumbing supply house.

Job Tasks: I perform basic clerical work -- answering phones, ordering supplies, filing, copying and organizing office area -- contacting vendors and placing orders. I open mail, enter invoices into our database, find packing slips and match them with purchase order to make sure orders are correct. I enter billing information into the computer and run off invoices daily. I also enter accounts receivable and making daily deposits at the bank.

At the end of month, close out and run monthly statements for all our customers. I meet with the owner of company and go over any questions or problems that are associated with the running of the office. When a job opens up, I post the opening in the newspaper and take calls from applicants. I interview prospective employees and train them as they're hired. Once a week I tally employee hours using their time cards and enter them computer into our payroll software. I run payroll, prepare payroll taxes and issue checks. I also keep track of the attendance and sick days of all employees.

Best and Worst Parts of the Job: The best part of the job was performing the bookkeeping. I enjoyed that end of it. The worst part was dealing with employee problems and dealing with customers who did not pay their bills.

Job Tips: When starting a career in any office you have to focus on being a good, hard-working honest person. Don't let personal opinions get in the way of performing your job. Treat everyone with respect. Have confidence in yourself. If you have confidence then others will too. Don't take your problems to work.

Additional Thoughts: Working in an office environment can be a really rewarding experience: the interaction with all types of people, the interaction with fellow employees and the relationship with bosses and supervisors. You can learn so much from other people and in the long run become a better person. Be friendly. Everyone wants to do business with a nice person.

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